House Speaker John Boehner, who appeared to spend more time forging a relationship with Barack Obama than representing the principles of his Republican conference and the American people, has been retained instead of getting the boot he so richly deserved.
The Hill reports that Boehner won with a bare majority in a vote in which nine Republicans voted for other GOP members, and several others abstained from voting or voted “present.” Two years ago, Boehner won all 241 available GOP votes.
Boehner needed 218 votes to win reelection assuming a full roster of 435 members voted, but only 426 voted, so he only needed 214 votes.
Courageous defectors from Boehner included Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who voted for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and two freshmen, Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), all voted for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), but Cantor himself voted for Boehner.
Reps. Paul Broun (R-GA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) voted for outgoing member Allen West (R-FL). Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) voted for former Comptroller General David Walker.
Interestingly, Speakers of the House do not have to be members of the House, although historically they all have been.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) voted for Amash, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KA) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
This was the vote in the U.S. House today.